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Jan 11, 1999 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Finger Poke of Doom, Awards results, Sam Muchnick passes away

With the recent popularity boom of pro wrestling, there have been many attempts at writing histories. In most of them, in listing the most important people who have shaped this industry, there has been a notable omission.

The honest wrestling promoter. The one respected so much by the local press that he was an institution in the community and that while they may have questioned the credibility of the shows he produced, nobody ever questioned his credibility . The one respected so much by the wrestlers that not only was anything bad almost never written about him, very little bad was even said about him. The one where the man he battled with the most, at the end said, "All you have to do is tell the truth and he's going to look good." A promoter where there were no stories about reporting fake lower numbers on the house, cheating wrestlers on pay, not paying bills on time or even promises broken.

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